Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Vandals take it up a notch|
MOSCOW, Idaho – The 37th Annual Vandal Indoor saw some of the top indoor track and field marks in the Northwest – and in one case, the world – on Friday at the Kibbie Dome.
University of Idaho alumna and volunteer assistant coach Angela Whyte won the women’s 60m hurdles with a time of 8.08 that is tied as the fifth-fastest on the planet so far this season to highlight an evening of strong competition.
In all, Idaho claimed nine individual wins with two Western Athletic Conference-leading times and 16 career-best marks in Friday’s meet, which is sponsored by Runners Soul of Spokane.
“I thought it was a great day,” Idaho director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “There was a lot of excitement for the meet and some great support. I thought we had a lot of great performances in just about every event. I thought everything went really well.”
Senior Liga Velvere notched her first of two wins in the women’s 800m with a season-best time of 2:09.44, which increases her WAC lead in the event to nearly two full seconds and moves her up to 28th in the NCAA in the event.
Shortly after, junior Hannah Kiser went out quickly and cruised to a big win in the women’s mile with a season-best time of 4:45.01. That time is the fastest in the WAC this season by more than a seven-second margin and ranks 32nd in the NCAA this year.
Velvere anchored Idaho’s winning women’s 4x400m relay, along with seniors Keli Hall and Lauren Schaffer and junior Karlene Hurrel. The Vandal women posted a top time of 3:49.56 in the event. Idaho also claimed the men’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:18.19 between junior Andrew Bloom, freshmen Ian Middleton and Blake Gerling, and sophomore Ben Ayesu-Attah.
Bloom also posted an individual win in the men’s 400m with a time of 48.44, while Ayesu-Attah took second in the men’s 200m dash with a career-best time of 21.96, his first career sub-22-second mark over that distance.
Idaho got a win and a personal best from sophomore Matt Sullivan in the men’s pole vault when he cleared 16-4.75 (5.00m). Junior Kyle Rothwell took the win, plus a little bonus, in the men’s weight throw when he popped a throw of 61-10.5 (18.86m) on his final attempt. That mark is second-best in the WAC this season, 38th in the NCAA and is a two-foot career best.
“Kyle has been working very hard in practice to control his tempo and control his technique and he really executed that well today,” Idaho head track and field coach Julie Taylor said. “It was nice to see him, on his last throw, come through and get that big mark. It was definitely a great moment for him.”
In the women’s throws, sophomore Johanna Hocketstaller and senior Kristine Leonard were all over the place, and posted solid marks everywhere.
Leonard took the win in the weight throw with a mark of 55-10.5 (17.03m), just below her career best, and added second-place finishes in the shot put at 46-4 (14.12m) and the indoor discus at 150-2 (45.77m).
Hocketstaller claimed the win in the women’s shot put at 46-11 (14.30m), squeezed in between a preliminary and a final race in the women’s 60m hurdles. She also took fourth in the discus throw earlier in the day with a mark of 135-1 (41.18m). After running a 9.61 qualifying time in the hurdles, Hocketstaller did not finish in the final after tripping over hurdle three.
Freshman Jerrica Hauck hit a career-best 11-9.75 (3.60m) in the women’s pole vault to move into fourth in the WAC in the event, while fellow freshmen Drew Thompson (8.54) and Blake Gerling (8.75) ran career-best races in the men’s 60m hurdles.
Idaho will be right back in the Kibbie Dome on Saturday morning for the Vandal Collegiate, which kicks off with the women’s long jump at 8 a.m. (PT). Track events start with the women’s 3000m at 8:30 a.m.